Caterpillar commits to equal employment consideration at White House

Human Services Division Vice President Kim Hauer recently joined President Obama and senior White House officials at an event focused on long-term unemployment and how to develop a skilled, competitive workforce. Caterpillar has endorsed a set of Best Practices to hiring the long-term unemployed. The Best Practices are in line with Caterpillar’s current hiring practices and commitments to building a diverse and inclusive work environment, including attracting those who have been out of the workforce for any period of time.  

“We are committed to reinforcing the need to provide the long-term unemployed equal consideration, as we would for any candidate. We’re also dedicated to ensuring our recruiters and hiring managers follow consistent processes to hire the best candidate and not overlook talent of any kind,” said Hauer.

Everyone from welders to accountants, marketing managers to engineers and many more professions reflect the diversity of employees Caterpillar needs. Without skilled employees, our machines, engines and services would not be there to make progress possible. Across the United States, our leaders and employees are being recognized for their commitment to workforce development. A few highlights include:

  • Caterpillar is on the Board of Directors for SkillsUSA, a national organization helping build leadership and technical skills for high school and community college students. Caterpillar has served with SkillsUSA for more than 30 years.
  • Caterpillar is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hiring Our Heroes initiative, helping veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment.  
  • Caterpillar is working with other American business leaders to strengthen focus on technical education as a member of the Industry Workforce Needs Council (IWNC). The IWNC advocates for technical programming and funding on the federal, state and local levels.
  • Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas named Caterpillar as its Employer of the Year. Caterpillar was one of five finalists for the award, which based nominations on contributions to their community’s workforce through innovation and collaboration with the Texas workforce system.
  • Korey Coon, Building Construction Products Division HR manager, has been appointed Chairman of the North Carolina Commission on Workforce Development. The Commission recommends policies and strategies to create a world-class workforce development system for North Carolina.